Operator Accreditation - Australian Government


You will need accreditation if you intend to operate a drone or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for business or as part of your job. This may include activities such as:

  • selling photos or videos taken from a drone
  • inspecting industrial equipment, construction sites or infrastructure
  • monitoring, surveillance or security services
  • research and development
  • any drone activities on behalf of your employer or business.

Only operators that fly an excluded category or micro RPA will need this accreditation. There are two types of excluded category RPA:

  • very small RPA that weigh more than 250g but no more than 2kg
  • small RPA that weigh more than 2kg but no more than 25kg, where it is only flown over the operator's land

A micro RPA is a drone that weighs 250g or less.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this accreditation you must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • provide proof of identification
  • have an individual aviation reference number
  • have a myCASA account
  • have an understanding of the standard operating conditions and the rules that apply to excluded category and micro RPA
  • pass an online quiz.

You must also register your drone or RPA if it is flown as part of your job.


Three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All No fees are required.


Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 Australian Government

Application process


Please register your drone using your myCASA account.

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Contact details

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